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Women, help thyselves

I was at the 50th Anniversary celebration of Urhobo Ladies Association (ULA) two Sundays ago. One of the first things that struck me, when I arrived at the venue, was the ageing membership. What can be responsible for their inability to attract younger women? That was the thought going on in my mind.

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Handshake Across the Niger summit

International day for tolerance

Friday, November 16, 2018, was International Day for Tolerance. But for Prof. Pat Utomi, the day would have slipped by me, just as it did many others, like a ship in the night or a toaster (a man wooing a lady) winking at a lady in the dark: unnoticed. Prof. Utomi brought the day to our consciousness in the Jacksonites’ WhatsApp Platform (a forum of graduates of Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka).

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Family from hell

I have written more articles on paedophilia, rape and incest than any other topic since I started this column about five years ago. So when the story of the 13-year-old Ochanya Elizabeth Ogbanje broke, my mindset was “the same old story” and decided not write on it. But something inside me kept rumbling. Even though it is 17 days since Ochanya died, I am writing today because I want this case to be on the front burner till we see the end.

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That we may reverse the slide

In June this year, there was a report where Nigeria replaced India as the country with the largest number of extremely poor people in the world, that is, 87 million Nigerians living on less than $1.90 a day. Last week the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation released a report reinforcing the earlier report. It said that more than 40 percent of the world’s extremely poor people will be living in Nigeria and DR Congo by the year 2050.

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Suicide prevention measures

Today’s column is a fulfillment of a promise I made to Professor Hope Eghagha, Head of the Department of English, University of Lagos. September 10 was World Suicide Prevention Day and Prof Eghagha used the opportunity to sensitise the public on the problem of the increasing number of suicide cases in Nigeria and how to stem the tide. 

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“I am sorry”

A major conflagration was averted somewhere recently. What did it take to avert it? Somebody simply said “I am sorry.” It just got me thinking about how many family feuds would have been avoided, how many marital separations and break ups could have been averted, if somebody had just said, “I am sorry.” But whose responsibility is it to say: “I am sorry”?

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